The Background

The Yayasan Kecemerlangan Sukan Malaysia or Foundation for Malaysian Sporting Excellence was incorporated on 12th August, 1989 as a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act, 1965 and launched on 8th April 1991. The Foundation was initiated by Antah Holdings Berhad and membership is by invitation. SportExcel is funded solely by the private sector and supports programs designed to develop sporting excellence.

More recently, SportExcel has turned its sights on junior development as this is an area that is rather neglected in Malaysian sport. SportExcel firmly believes that the future of Malaysian sport lies in the context of junior development. Thus, talented Malaysian juniors must be accorded assistance to help them reach their full potential.

SportExcel is supported by the Malaysian Government. This is reflected by the fact that the Patron of SportExcel is the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports. Government support for SportExcel also comes from the National Sports Council Malaysia (NSC) who help fund the Malaysian Junior Circuits for the 12 sports – golf, squash, bowling, cycling, shooting, cricket, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, tennis, sepak takraw and taekwondo. SportExcel has also the endorsement of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) which is the umbrella body for sports in the country.

Today, SportExcel stands out as a beacon of hope for young talent to pursue their dreams of greater glory and honour for themselves and the country. SportExcel firmly believes that the future of Malaysian sport lies in the context of junior development.

In 2016, SportExcel celebrated its 25th anniversary of its existence and contributions towards junior sports development. While SportExcel has helped in molding champions and world class athletes for the past 25 years, SportExcel will continue to help create more world class athletes for the next 25 years, or 50 years or even 100 years. We hope that the private sector will always be with us in making this a reality.

Patron

YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is the current Youth and Sports Minister of the Federal Government. YB Syed Saddiq took over the position from YB Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Sports Minister serves as the Patron of SportExcel, giving his valuable advise and support to the organization. SportExcel is honoured to have YB Syed Saddiq on the team.

The Administration

The Foundation is administered by a Board of Governors. The Chairman is elected from amongst the Charter Members. At present the Chairman of SportExcel is Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar. He is also the immediate-past President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia. The Director General of the National Sports Council and President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia are appointed ex-officio members of the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors meet at least once a year to helm strategies and review programs of SportExcel.

The SportExcel Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in July of every year and audited accounts are presented for the consideration of the Board of Governors and Charter Members. SportExcel’s auditors are Symphony Corporate House. As an organisation, SportExcel firmly believes in good corporate governance and in this respect, adheres to transparency and accountability in all financial dealings.

The day-to-day administration of SportExcel is in the hands of the Executive Director appointed by the Board of Governors.

The Operations

Mr Sivanandan Chinnadurai is known more fondly as Cikgu Siva is a former school teacher from Sungai Petani, Kedah. He shares his enthusiasm in junior sporting development by serving as the Executive Director of SportExcel. He oversees the daily operations of SportExcel and ensure the best operation for the foundation. Once a sportsman himself, he is still very active, albeit his age.

He is very hands on and very much involved in the organization of various SportExcel competitions, whether at national level or international level. Under his leadership, SportExcel has managed to forge international cooperation with various international organizations for the benefit of the junior athletes. Among them are the Hills Golf Academy, True-vision, and others.

Siva feels that he has much more work to do to help further improve the general standard of Malaysian junior athletes and will be continuously working hard to make his and the nation’s dream of creating world class athletes.